Library Director Salary (United States)

Close to three-fifths of Library Directors in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $25,141 to $93,730 per year, and the average number comes out to $52,053 per year. A solid majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Men are solidly outnumbered in the field, with women representing 79 percent of workers. For the most part, Library Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Library Director Salary (?
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$31,606 - $96,771
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MEDIAN: $58,007
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Library Director Salary (?
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$9.55 - $26.38
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$31,606 - $96,771  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,131  
Total Pay (?
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$25,141 - $93,730  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 377
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.55 - $26.38  
   
Overtime
$1.25 - $24.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,131  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,141 - $93,730  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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Job Description for Library Director

A library director oversees all operations at a library. They direct staff - helping ensure that they are efficient and courteous at all times - and make sure that the library is running in an organized manner according to established rules and that books and other library items are organized neatly and efficiently. The library director may be in charge of the hiring of librarians, volunteers, and other staff, as well as carrying out disciplinary action as needed.
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Library Director Tasks
  • Promote library services and resources, and ensure library policies and procedures are followed.
  • Oversee library operations including planning, budgeting and staffing.
  • Direct the library services program, and participates in formulating long range goals and objectives.
  • Stay abreast of technology in order to work with databases and information systems to catalogue and access information.

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Popular Skills for Library Director

Library Directors seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with People Management, Budget Management, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 12 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Those listing Cataloging as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. For most people, competency in Budget Management indicates knowledge of Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Library Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Library Directors generally obtain higher salaries for more plentiful past experience. New salaries start at $36K and reach $49K in five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $60K. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Library Directors earning an average of $66K per year. This workforce includes a range of age distribution and is widely spread out: of those who responded, 38 percent have between one and nine years of experience; 30 percent have 10-20 years, and the remaining 30 percent report more than a couple decades of experience.

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Experience Affects Library Director Salaries

National Average
$52,000

Skills That Affect Library Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 21%
National Average
$52,000
Cataloging
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
79%
female alumni
 
Male
21%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 17%
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